By David Maxwell, Small Wars Journal: "The book could serve as syllabus for an entire Ph.D. program in preparation for military leadership It is the best list of readings of the classics for the understanding and practice of warfare. I use the example of a Ph.D. specifically to emphasize that General Mattis' example of self-study is something to be emulated and his self-study probably taught him more than any Ph.D. program could have."
By Jane Doe, Politico: "Mattis gets something wrong, though, something important. It’s his attribution of the growing divisiveness in America to tribalism. This misidentifies the nature of the problem. America is of course deeply tribal, and always has been. What we’re living now, though, is political apartheid."
In conflicts of the future the Pentagon will need some radically new thinking.
Oriana Skylar Mastro | US-China Economic and Security Review Commission
The United States needs to put economic, diplomatic, and military resources behind maintaining the regional order in East Asia — and be willing to take some risks to ensure its success.
By Hope Hodge Seck, Military.com: ""If I had to do it again," Mattis wrote, "I would have called both [the U.S. Army Central Command] commander and Admiral Moore and said, 'Sir, I have a plan to accomplish the mission, kill Osama bin Laden, and hand you a victory. All I need is your permission.'""
SOCOM Is in the Hunt for a Chaplain Field Ethics Guide
By Shawn Snow, Military Times: "... with the special operations community finding itself stressed and in the midst of several scandals after nearly 18 years of continuous deployment, U.S. Special Operations Command is looking to find additional ways for those men and women of faith to help get its operators back on track."
Influence Power: How China Covertly Operates in the U.S.
By Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon: "Chinese influence operations in the United States are pervasive and include the use of covert operations to support the objectives of the Communist Party of China in silencing critics of the regime in Beijing."
interview with General Jim Mattis via CBS News
Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses his life and his over 40 years in the military.
James Mattis On Why He Left The Trump Administration But Won't Criticize It
interview with General Jim Mattis via PBS News Hour
Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis talks about his philosophy of leadership and why he’s reluctant to weigh in on current policy from outside the administration.
That James Mattis is a tough man, we have no doubt. He is, after all, a Marine. He's been decorated for the kind of valor it's impossible to alloy. The question is whether he'll prove tough enough to withstand the pressure to jump into the 2020 election campaign not as a candidate but as a critic of the commander in chief he served as secretary of defense. It seems the pressure is mounting with every passing day.
The Currents, Undercurrents and Crosscurrents of Chaos’ Re-emergence
By Katherine Voyles, Small Wars Journal: “... it’s helpful to look at several pieces of his: his speech at Boeing Field over Memorial Day weekend, the resignation letter, the book Warriors and Citizens, and his letter to All Hands the night before the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.